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Latest News - Friday, 17 October 2008
Geneva, 17 October—The Fourth Meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutant Review Committee (POPRC4) has convened from 13-17 October 2008, in Geneva, Switzerland. Delegates considered, among other agenda items: a draft risk profile for short-chained chlorinated paraffins; proposals to list endosulfan and hexabromocyclododecane (HBCDD) under Annexes A, B or C of the Convention; new information on perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS); and toxic interactions between POPs. This was the Committee's final meeting prior to COP4, which will be held in Geneva in early May 2009. More.
Photo: POPRC members and observers met in plenary throughout the week.
Nairobi, 11 October—The Second Meeting of the Ad hoc Open-ended Working Group (OEWG2) to Review and Assess Measures to Address the Global Issue of Mercury, which convened from 6-10 October 2008, in Nairobi, Kenya, discussed a future mercury framework including: elements to be addressed by a mercury framework; the type of framework to be used; and the capacity building, financial and technical support required to deliver on the elements. Delegates reached agreement on a policy framework on mercury, and narrowed down the list of implementation instruments – one legally-binding and three voluntary options – for consideration by the UNEP Governing Council in February 2009. More.
Photo: Chair John Roberts (UK) gavelled the meeting to a close at 6:33pm.
New York, 10 October—A high-level debate on the merits of the Kyoto Protocol’s flexible mechanisms and carbon taxes convened at Columbia University in New York, US, on 9 October 2008, under the theme, “The Kyoto Mechanisms: Key to Combating Climate Change?” Much of the two-hour event involved a discussion between Yvo de Boer, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University. The aim of the discussion was to help focus attention on market-based mechanisms, carbon taxes and other policies and measures being considered by policy makers and negotiators working to establish a framework to address climate change. More.
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OEDC meeting evaluates role of cities in responding to climate change
UNEP and UNWTO announce global sustainable tourism criteria
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Intergovernmental Organizations
UNGA adopts climate change resolution UN releases text of System-wide Coherence resolution
UNGA adopts climate change resolution UNEP hosts global forum for sport and environment
UNGA adopts climate change resolution UNEP announces projects to demonstrate returns to investments in ecosystems
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Trade, Finance and Investment
IMF and World Bank annual meetings address world economic crisis, support efforts to tackle climate change
Financing for Development informal drafting consultations begin
G24 addresses climate change in international monetary affairs and development communiqué
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Informal ministerial prepares for UNFCCC COP14
Clean Development Board rejects several projects
De Boer comments on Poznan talks, financial crisis
Ozone hole larger than in 2007
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Endosulfan retrieved from Philippines vessel
Trial over Cote d’Ivoire toxic dumping underway
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New CMS MOU on West African marine mammals signed
FAO’s Committee on Fisheries discusses challenges faced by aquaculture
World Ocean Council inaugurated
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WIPO Assemblies take note of IGC work
African Congress addresses biotechnology for food security
IUCN Red List confirms mammals’ extinction crisis
New online tool allows monitoring of world’s protected areas
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UNU, UNCCD, UNEP and IMO organize environmental refugee conference
European Parliament supports emphasis on challenge of water scarcity and drought in UNCCD and UNFCCC
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Human Development
Equator Initiative recognizes five communities for climate and biodiversity projects
FAO urges review of biofuel policies to ensure the poor can benefit
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Key meetings in the next two weeks
European Forest Week: 21-24 October 2008, Rome, Italy
Open-ended Legal and Technical Working Group for the Second International Conference on Chemicals Management: 21-24 October 2008, Rome, Italy
FfD Process Informal Meetings: 23-24 and 29-31 October 2008, New York, US
Second Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD): 27-30 October 2008, Manila, the Philippines
Fourth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties of the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade: 27-31 October 2008, Rome, Italy
Tenth Conference of the Parties to the Ramsar Convention: 28 October-4 November 2008, Changwon, Republic of Korea

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